USAO Fall Theatre Production is a harrowing re-telling of Greek tragedy

Decorative image for Hecuba.

USAO Fall Theatre Production is a harrowing re-telling of Greek tragedy


The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s theatre arts program will present Marina Carr’s “Hecuba,” a new spin on Euripides’ classic tragedy about the fate of the widowed queen after the fall of the ancient city of Troy. 

Performances will be Oct. 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Davis Hall Little Theatre. Tickets are $10 for the general public and can be reserved at

The play, written in 2015, gives the audience an intimate and uncomfortable look at the suffering caused by war and the loss of compassion. Grief, sacrifice, genocide and survival at all costs are themes of this work about a mother trying to save her children, which “The Guardian” called “a radically different take on a familiar story.” Graphic content makes this play appropriate for adult audiences only.

“Our first show this season is a haunting and timely piece of contemporary theatre,” said Katie Davis, professor of theatre arts and coordinator of the theatre arts program. “Carr’s reworking of this well-known piece of mythology illustrates the universality of grief. Although it is set in an ancient world, this horror story reflects our present concern about the suffering of the innocent who are displaced by war.” 

Carr was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1964. With a playwright father and poet mother, Carr grew up in a house filled with writing, painting and music. She studied English and philosophy at University College Dublin and has taught at Trinity College, Princeton University and Villanova University. Carr’s works have been translated into many languages and have received many awards, most recently the Windham-Campbell Prize, which was formally presented in September.